General Dentistry in Seattle
Also Serving South Lake Union
Preventative dentistry includes two aspects of dental care, both performed to help patients avoid dental disease and to catch it in its earliest, more treatable stages. The first part, is the regular oral hygiene care performed by the patient at home. The second part of preventive dentistry encompasses what our Kois Dentistry staff do to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. In both cases, the goal is to stop oral disease from developing. With every exam, Drs. Dean and Tara Kois look for any early signs of periodontal disease, dental decay, or any other changes in the soft tissue of the mouth. This way we catch oral disease before it becomes threatening to your health.
Drs. Dean and Tara use the latest in computerized measurement devices that measure the bacterial content in the mouth to diagnose periodontal, or gum disease. Depending on the case, Drs. Dean and Tara may prescribe medications to help prevent dental disease.
The results of good preventive dental care through Kois Dentistry are healthy teeth and gums throughout one's life and the earliest possible detection of oral disease and cancer.
Adult Preventative Care
Preventative Care is essential throughout life, no matter what your age. Practicing good dental hygiene at home and having regular dental examinations will help you keep a healthy, vibrant smile. There are many ways you can prevent damage, including cavities, to your teeth.
- Brushing two times daily in a circular motion placing the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gum
- Brushing your tongue helps remove plaque from your mouth
- Floss daily to clean between your teeth and gums
- Eat a well balanced diet and avoid acidic and sugary foods
- Wear a mouth guard during sports and physical activity
Regular dental appointments will allow Dr. Kois to work with you to maintain your oral health. Your treatment plan may need to include extra preventative measures such as sealants or a revised cleaning schedule custom designed for your needs.
Infant Preventative Dental Care
We typically suggest a visit within the first year of life before teeth appear, then regular exams should continue throughout life. Parents can clean infants' teeth and gums before they erupt. Preventive care should continue into adolescence including brushing and flossing same as it does for adults.